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Snoring & Sleep Apnea

SleepApneaIn the eyes of an ENT, there's nothing funny about snoring. It can lead to poor sleep, health problems, and at its most serious, can even be fatal.

If snoring is getting in the way of your quality of life, we encourage you to make an appointment with us soon.

Your Topeka ENT specialist will conduct a thorough examination of your nose, mouth, throat, palate, and neck to assess the cause and severity of your snoring.

We may also order images of your sinuses, as well as a sleep study to look for signs of sleep apnea or serious sleep deprivation. Sleep studies can either be performed in a specialized laboratory, or in
your own home, depending on the situation.

Is it simple snoring or sleep apnea?

While pure snoring is the vibration of tissues in the airway, obstructive sleep apnea, blockages occur repeatedly somewhere in the airway. Of course, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea--and not everyone who has untreated sleep apnea snores--but snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea.

As a general rule, snoring that does not respond to simple remedies, including non-surgical ones, should be discussed with a physician or sleep specialist. We cannot emphasize enough that loud snoring coupled with periods of silence must be addressed.

If you do have sleep apnea, we may treat it with surgery or without. Which option is right for you depends upon the severity of your sleep apnea and other aspects of your medical condition. We will work with you to decide on the best approach. Topeka ENT’s philosophy is to be conservative in our snoring treatment methods, trying non-invasive options first.

What are my treatment options?

We can recommend self-help steps for the light snorer such as avoiding alcohol a few hours before bed, raising the head in bed, and regular exercise. Other snorers may require medical devices like the CPAP, which delivers air pressure into the throat. Minimally invasive procedures--radio frequency ablation, insertion of palatal implants, and the Pillar Procedure may be effective for some snorers.

Finally, in serious cases, surgical treatments may be warranted. These include nasal surgery, adenoid and tonsil surgery, palate surgery, and jaw surgery (mandibular advancement).

If the snorer is a child, we pay special attention to examining tonsils and adenoids. If the chronically snoring child has enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and if they have excessive daytime sleepiness affecting their performance at school, a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy may be required to return the child to full health and full function.

Don't go another sleepless night--call today to schedule an appointment.